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ST Engineering and EY sign MOU in space technology and geospatial analytics for environmental protection

Bryan Wu
Bryan Wu • 3 min read
ST Engineering and EY sign MOU in space technology and geospatial analytics for environmental protection
Low Jin Phang, president of digital systems at ST Engineering (left) and Liew Nam Soon, EY Asean and Singapore regional managing partner (right) signed the MOU on April 11. Photo: ST Engineering
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earth observation and geospatial analysis business, ST Engineering Geo-Insights, and EY Corporate Advisors have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in space technology and geospatial analytics to tackle pressing environmental challenges.

Under the MOU, both parties will explore using geospatial data to co-develop sustainability roadmaps and form a joint sustainability product development working group to focus on five key areas: deforestation; water management and quality; compliance with task force on nature and climate-related financial disclosures requirements; carbon accounting; and baselining environmental impacts.

Additionally, both parties will explore co-developing a geospatial platform, integrating ST Engineering Geo-Insights’ capabilities into EY’s existing infrastructure resilience services that focus on rail, roads, water utilities, pipelines and power lines.

Space technology refers to the use of satellites, AI, and human intelligence to design, develop, produce, and use equipment and systems for creating technologies that are required to explore beyond low earth orbit. It combines the use of a wide range of supporting technologies and infrastructure including spacecraft, satellites, space stations and orbital launch vehicles.

The initiative is underpinned by both parties’ investments in innovation, such as EY Space Tech, which combines satellite imagery and artificial intelligence (AI) to help deliver earth observation analysis and services to clients through the EY Space for Earth Platform. The Space for Earth Platform was developed by a multidisciplinary team of data scientists, technologists, and geospatial and product management professionals.

Meanwhile, ST Engineering Geo-Insights offers analytics, information products and value-added services based on satellite imagery to address growing global demand for timely insights. It also possesses the capability to provide geospatial solutions that integrate optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data, enabling a holistic view of the Earth's surface. 

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By combining optical imagery for high-resolution visual data with SAR data for all-weather and day-and-night imaging capabilities, ST Engineering Geo-Insights can deliver exceptional insights into diverse applications such as urban planning, disaster monitoring, maritime safety and security, environmental monitoring, as well as agricultural growth tracking.

Goh Ing Nam, general manager of ST Engineering Geo-Insights, says: “In today's interconnected world, geospatial analysis plays an increasingly vital role across various sectors and industries, spanning urban planning, disaster response to environmental conservation. Our strong expertise in harnessing earth observation data and conducting geospatial analysis enables us to provide valuable insights and solutions to drive positive change and foster a more sustainable future for generations to come. Our relationship with EY represents an alignment of strengths and resources, dedicated to making meaningful contributions towards a healthier planet.”

EY's Asean and Singapore regional managing partner Liew Nam Soon adds: “We are excited to work with ST Engineering Geo-Insights and combine its technological capabilities with our deep business and domain knowledge across a wide breadth of industries, giving a unique view of the problems that governments and businesses face in the region. 

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“We are convinced that space tech can be a gamechanger for a better working world. With space tech and analytics, we can derive newfound insights to better understand our natural habitat, the built environment, patterns of human behaviour or optimisation opportunities for critical infrastructure, and make smarter decisions to mitigate risks or unlock new opportunities and value for governments, businesses and broader society,” says Liew.

Shares in ST Engineering closed 1 cent higher or 0.26% up at $3.88 on April 17.

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